It is a condition where bile cannot flow from the liver to the duodenum. The It is a condition where bile cannot flow from the liver to the duodenum. The two basic distinctions are an obstructive type of cholestasis, where there is a mechanical blockage in the duct system that can occur from a gallstone or malignancy, and metabolic types of cholestasis, which are disturbances in bile formation that can occur because of genetic defects or acquired as a side effect of many medications. The symptoms are:
3. Pale stool
4. Dark urine
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS DIAGNOSED?
A general physician/gastroenterologist diagnoses cholestasis through the following:
1. Genetic testing
2. Blood test
3. Urine test
HOW IS CHOLESTASIS TREATED?
The aim of treating the condition is to reduce the itching and to prevent pregnancy complications. A prescription drug, ursodiol, is usually prescribed to reduce the amount of bile in the expectant mother’s blood. Anti-itching lotions are not advisable as they may pose threat to the unborn baby. To avoid any complications, an early delivery is most often advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
Warm baths can relieve the itching to a certain extent.